The UK premiere of David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane’s 2005 musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is set to open at the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End on March 10th 2014, following a brief UK tryout in Manchester and Aylesbury. The production is directed by Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Hairspray) and will feature Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound in the lead roles of scoundrels Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson.
The musical originally opened on Broadway in 2005 and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best New Musical. The original production starred Norbert Leo Butz (who went on to win the Drama Desk and Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical) alongside John Lithgow. British actor Jonathan Pryce later took over the role.
Based on the 1988 film of the same name, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels follows the ups and downs of two con men as they fight to outsmart each other, but end up meeting their match. On the glamorous French Riviera, the two men work hard at cheating old ladies out of their money thanks to a mix of disguises and cunning games. Just as they begin to grow comfortable with their efforts, they find their world comes crashing down around them, and they find themselves out of their depth.
Samantha Bond and Katherine Kingsley will join Lindsay and Hound in the Savoy Theatre production, alongside a talented ensemble. The musical has already been seen all over the world, and recently opened to rave review in Sydney, Australia. The London production is set to be a brand new take on the show, with director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell working alongside Peter McKintosh’s designs, in what is promised to be a visually entertaining treat for all the family.
The production opens at the Manchester Opera House on Wednesday 12th February, before moving to Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre on 26th February. Previews will then begin at the Savoy Theatre on March 10th.